January 13th, 2009
09:53 AM ET
13 years ago

Giuliani says decision on governor's race unlikely before summer

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/POLITICS/09/03/giuliani.speech/art.giuliani.02.cnn.jpg caption="Could Giuliani be headed for Albany?"]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Rudy Giuliani is remaining coy on the prospect of a 2010 run against New York Gov. David Paterson.

"It's too early," the former New York City mayor said on CNN's American Morning Tuesday. "The governor has a big job. He doesn't need a two-year election campaign. I think he should be given every opportunity to do the very best he can for the state, and then we can see about it six months from now, eight months from now."

Two months ago, in an interview on CNN, Giuliani said he wasn't ruling out a bid in 2010 for governor of the Empire State.

A poll of New York State voters conducted by Sienna College in November suggested that Paterson would top Giuliani by 6 points in a hypothetical head-to-head match up in 2010.

On Tuesday, the former Republican presidential candidate also weighed in on a major decision facing his state's Democratic governor: whom to select to replace Hillary Clinton, who will step down from her senate seat if confirmed, as expected, as secretary of state.

"The governor's gotta go on his instinct," Giuliani told CNN. "He knows what he needs in Washington. If he thinks it's Caroline Kennedy, with the group of experiences she has and contacts and relation with the president, that's fine. If he thinks it's an Andrew Cuomo (New York's attorney general) who has government experience, Washington, New York, very experienced, then he goes with him, and he is going to get tested on it very quickly. I think a lot is riding on it for him, so he will make the best judgment he can."

Whoever is appointed to fill Clinton's seat would join Paterson on the ballot in 2010.

Filed under: Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (207 Responses)
  1. Philip

    For those of you who are not from New York, let me fill you in.
    There is a small, but vocal group of people here who worship the
    ground this man walks on. Congressman King from Long Island is at the head of the pack. The rest of us, (the majority) saw through him a long time ago. That includes Policeman, Fireman, and Veterans, just come to New York and ask us.

    January 13, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  2. M.A. Dashell

    For Al, NY NY,

    I have a suggestion.......Wasilla, AK! January 13th, 2009 10:10 am ET

    January 13, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  3. Proud American

    Just another republican Idiot with nothing to contribute.

    January 13, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  4. Kevin in Ohio

    Unbelievable....more hate and vitriol from the left wingers for a man that is truly an American hero. Its a sad state of affairs in this country.......and especially in NY.

    January 13, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  5. Scott the Independent


    January 13, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  6. Simon

    Bring it on loser – I think you lost all credibility with us when became the lying attack dog for McCain/Palin. Please run....it will be so much to vote against you.

    January 13, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  7. Susan, Albany, NY

    After the way showed his conduct in presidential elections, he lost my vote.

    he has no integrity.

    January 13, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  8. Jay form Jersey

    I hope he doesnt win

    January 13, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  9. indy 08

    Rudy "9/11" Giuliani is a loser, after the big presidential primary loss with the wait in Florida approach and skip Iowa, NH and SC strategy, I wonder if anyone can still take this guy seriously. He blew through $60 M and barely won any delegates. It is also remarkable that the guy would drop in the polls whenever he campaigned in a state, people said he was more of a jerk in person.

    January 13, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  10. Me in San Diego

    Go for it Paisano!

    January 13, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  11. Hussien, NYC

    Apparently 9/11 is Rudy's fault, and all GOP is racist? I guess >90% of blacks voting for Obama wasn't racist right?....you can bet there would be riots in the streets if that percent of whites voted for McCain......glad to see we're still playing the race-card, gl, Pittsburgh. You DO realize he was an excillent mayor right? The only reason alls you people can even visit my wonderful city is because he made it safe enough for you to dare buy a ticket so you can ride the subways trying to not look lost....of course with the help of his police commisioner.

    January 13, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  12. katiec

    Another republican who lets his ego override common sense.
    You would think with his dismal support during the president
    campaign he would get the message. If he runs am sure it
    will be with the unethical, swiftboating, absurd lies he touted
    When will the republicans realize people do not want or respect
    these kind of tactics?

    January 13, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  13. Redbug

    who cares. rudy you are one of the biggest idiots in the gop. go away. LOL

    January 13, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  14. Danny, OH

    What a loser. Could not even manage his campaign in the primaries. How can you put all your hopes in FL and not campaign in any other state.
    Go away Mr. 9/11

    January 13, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  15. Mr. Rick

    He should run. Someone has to lose to the Democrat. Guiliani would be the perfect choice. He won't run, though, for the same reason he never ran after being Mayor. He'd lose, and the lucrative speaking fees would take a real bad ding. so, he'll 'play coy' until he must announce a decision. The decision will be 'to spend more time with family' or 'be of greater value elsewhere' or some such.

    January 13, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  16. Nancy

    Ghouliani scares me. And he is a horrible family man! Why is he still even in the picture, it's not like he single-handedly took care of New York during 911. He just happened to be mayor at the time.

    January 13, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  17. Stacy from Leesburg VA

    Well, Rude-y wants to run for Governor? He will probably win if he does with the upstate crowd and his supporters in the city. I just think he needs to run a better campaign than he did for President. Whoever was running that show did a horrible, horrible job.

    January 13, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  18. Terry

    Rudy Giuliani: Underachiever and proud of it.

    January 13, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  19. Virginia

    Go for it Rudy! And then run for President again in 4 years, and WIN!!!! Rudy, Rudy, Rudy, Rudy.......

    January 13, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  20. kenny

    Of course he is going to lose for sure. All i can say that he is scare to lose again...LOL

    January 13, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  21. Frank

    I'm pulling for ya there Rudy Baby!

    If the New York Republican Party has any life at all left in it, your candidacy would certainly snuff it out.

    But if you really want to humiliate yourself, why don't you run again to be the mayor of New York City. That way the New Yorkers who remember your photo-op standing on a pile of rubble that other people were still buried under can show us what they really think of your vaunted 9/11 performance.

    January 13, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  22. PC From DC

    Mr. 911, just a reminder…….The Community Organizer will be your president effective January 20, 2009.

    January 13, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  23. Dave From Philly

    The republican party needs better republicans. Imagine Gov. Rudy.

    January 13, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  24. Kevin -NY

    I'm surprised by people outside of NY caring if Rudy will become NY governor, he can't do any worse than Paterson (D).

    January 13, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  25. Bill

    I'm a Democrat, and not the biggest fan of Rudy, but think he'd make a decent governor. If he runs against Patterson, I think I'd rather have Rudy run the state of NY.

    January 13, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
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